The Horn Blew and Called Forth the Damned
Ghost of Tsushima seems to have it all–critical acclaim, generous fans, several co-op modes, and enough respect to make two of its developers ambassadors to the real-life island of Tsushima. Now co-op multiplayer mode Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is getting a brand new competitive horde mode added known as “Rivals.”
In this mode, players will once again face off against each other, but this time the conflict will be indirect. Specifically, you’ll be on one team of players competing against another team to see who can slay more of the legions of the damned first.
You’ll gather a currency known as Magatama by killing foes, which you can then spend to make things more difficult for the opposing team and to spawn the final wave of enemies. Whichever team defeats their final wave first wins, but the journey there will be incredibly atmospheric and filled with the game’s trademark brutal combat, as shown in this trailer.
The video is slightly over a minute long and it shows off the otherworldly feel that Rivals is going for, as well as some of the ghoulish enemies that await. A voiceover explains that the gods of sun and storm are having a competition where rival bands of ghosts challenge the armies of the underworld, which provides the in-universe explanation for how the new mode came about.
The release of Rivals is planned to come at the same time as an update that lets players level up some of their highest-powered gear to Ki levels of 120, allowing them to open up a second perk. This update will also shorten the length of Survival mode sessions, though the developers haven’t specified by how much.
Even better, Ghost of Tsushima: Legends is planned to become a standalone release for $20, though the exact release date is unclear. We can’t wait to see it come out.
Ghost of Tsushima is currently available on PS4 and PS5.